Leadership Alliance

Summer Research Program

The Leadership Alliance Summer Research Program at Johns Hopkins University provides a nine-week summer research opportunity for outstanding undergraduates interested in exploring the nature of advanced graduate school study. Our mission for the Whiting School’s Leadership Alliance research experience is to equip students with skills to advance the boundaries of engineering research, explore graduate programs at Johns Hopkins, and provide insight into the graduate application process.


Deadline Extended: The application period for the 2019 Hopkins Engineering Leadership Alliance program has been extended. Please click here to apply.


The Summer Research Opportunities Program (SRP) at the Johns Hopkins Whiting School of Engineering is designed to increase exposure to research careers and graduate education for students from historically underrepresented groups. Over the course of nine weeks, participants will conduct research with a faculty mentor and participate in activities to prepare for success in graduate school, including workshops on research skills, graduate applications, GRE prep, and professional development (such as presentation skills and networking).

Highlights of the Whiting SRP include weekly dinner meetings and seminars. In addition, scholars will have opportunities to engage in social activities and explore the city of Baltimore.

At the end of the summer program, our participants present their research at the national Leadership Alliance Symposium and the Johns Hopkins campus-wide research symposium. Participants in the Whiting SRP receive a competitive stipend, meal plan, and round-trip travel to Baltimore. All Whiting SRP students will be housed on campus with easy access to shopping, food, and public transportation

February 1, 2019

Application Deadline

March and April

Notification by email

April and May

Travel Plans

May 28

Arrive in Baltimore; Program Begins

May 29

Campus Orientation Day

May 30

First Day at Research Placement

July 27 to 29

Leadership Alliance National Symposium

August 1

Program Ends; Depart Baltimore

The application is available online starting November 1, 2018. The online application, complete instructions, and  frequently asked questions about the application process are available at the Leadership Alliance website It is the responsibility of the applicant to ensure that the entire application package, including two letters of recommendation and official transcript(s), is received by February 1, 2019.

Students will be notified of admission decisions throughout February, March and April.

For questions about the Leadership Alliance program at Johns Hopkins University, please contact Darlene Saporu, assistant dean for diversity and inclusion for the Whiting School of Engineering and Krieger School of Arts & Sciences.

Deadline Extended: The application period for the Hopkins Engineering Leadership Alliance program has been extended. Please click here to apply.

Please note that two letters of recommendation are required to complete your application. We recommend that you contact your recommenders in advance and ask them to send the letters to dsaporu1@jhu.edu

In the application we ask you to list the names and emails of two faculty or instructors who will send letters on your behalf. Upon completion of the application a notification will be sent to the recommenders reminding them to send the letter of recommendation before the deadline.

Applicants must:

  • Be currently enrolled full-time in an accredited public or private college or university in the United States or its territories, as recognized by the U.S. Department of Education. 
  • Be in good academic standing with a GPA of 3.0 or better.
  • Demonstrate a committed interest to pursue graduate study toward a PhD or MD-PhD.
  • Have completed at least two semesters and have at least one semester remaining of their undergraduate education by the start of the summer program.
  • Be a documented U.S. citizen or non-citizen national, or permanent resident in possession of an alien registration receipt card (I-551) or other legal document of such status at the time of application. International citizens studying in the United States with an F-1 Visa are not eligible for the SRP. Individuals seeking asylum or refugees are not eligible.

Note: The SRP is not designed for students pursuing professional training for careers in the practice of law, business administration, clinical medicine, clinical psychology or the allied health professions.

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